Life’s a day at the beach, when you’re at the beach. And do we have beaches. But what if you don’t want to shell out a lot of clams for parking (see what we did there)? On the eastern side of the island between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown you’ll, find State Beach. With minimal surf, this is a great beach for small kids. And even in the mid-August, you’re likely to find parking along the roadside. South Beach is a great swimming beach. There’s a sight drop-off in depth just off the shore and it has some nice rolling waves for body surfing. You’ll want to get there early for the best parking. Otherwise, you’ll have a bit of a walk. Another Edgartown option is Fuller Street Beach, which is within walking distance of Edgartown Commons. The beach stretches south to the Edgartown Lighthouse. This beach underwent sand replenishment over this past winter, making it much wider than it was.
In Oak Bluffs, you can hit Pay Beach/Inkwell along Seaview Avenue. With it’s proximity to the downtown area, you can take a break from sunning yourself and grab a slice of pizza or burger just a short walk away. Parking is plentiful most of the year, but a little tougher in August.
A lesser known beach is Eastville by the drawbridge in Vineyard Haven. The beach is along the harbor so you can enjoy watching the boats come and go as you work on your tan. You can move to the other side of the harbor and swim at the very small beach below Owen Park. There’s a floating pier for swimmers to jump off a short swim from shore.
Bringing a kayak or paddleboard with you? Head to Edgartown Great Pond (there’s a boat launch off Turkeyland Cove Rd.) and head over to the hardest-to-get-to public beach on the island. The Land bank owns a strip of beach on the other side of the pond. If you like uncrowded beaches, it’s work the effort. Another challenging beach to get to is Great Rock Bight. It’s another land bank property in Chilmark. It has a tiny parking lot and there’s a mile long hike through the woods to the beach. You also need to time it so you’re there at low tide as there’s very little beach at high tide. Not a lot of folks know about it so it’s pretty uncrowded. Just be sure to leave enough energy in your tank for that mostly uphill walk back to the car at the end of the day.
If you go to the public beach at Menemsha Harbor, you can hit up the small seafood shacks there for steamed lobster or clams for lunch. It can get crowded at this beach as free public beaches on this side of the island are few and far between. This beach is known for great sunsets. Bring a picnic basket and watch the sun sink into the sound.
Welcome to Our New Blog!
This Thursday, we’ll find out if Edgartown Commons was again voted “Best of the Vineyard” Budget-Friendly Lodging by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. It’s a title we are proud of because we feel we fill a unique niche as a value-priced condominium hotel in a sea of high-end lodging options. Our goal is to offer the comforts of home for families and folks who’d like to visit our beautiful island without having to sell a kidney to pay for it. But once you leave the property, is it possible to find fun activities that don’t require taking out a second mortgage? The answer is yes! Our goal with our new blog is to introduce you to inexpensive, fun things to do that you may have not known about, or considered.
To kick things off, we’d like to highlight The Carnegie in Edgartown. What’s that? It used to be the Edgartown Library. When the town built a bigger library, the Carnegie building (named after that Carnegie who donated it for the enrichment of Edgartown’s citizens) was given to the Preservation Trust who now operate it as a reading room/community center/historic site. As such, they host a number of different programs and activities throughout the year that are either free or reasonably priced. This Friday (May 31) they’ll start their weekly Edgartown Harbor Walking Tour. The tour is $10 adults/$8 seniors/$5 children and meets at the Carnegie on North Water St. at 12:30 pm. You’ll learn about the many landmarks dotting the waterfront, and hear how Edgartown evolved from a whaling hub to the recreational hot spot it is today.
We’ll be highlighting many more of the Carnegie’s programs throughout the summer, but if you’d like to learn more, you can click here to go to their website.